Twofer Card Challenge #10 – Harvest

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our October Twofer Card Challenge … where our theme this month will have your creative imagination kicking up into seasonal gear … it’s …

As I write this post, the grape harvest (la vendange) is well under way in our region of France … so what could be more fitting than vines for my harvest themed cards?

My stamp in common here is the vine leaves … part of a set from Woodware (which I think is retired now).   Here’s a closer look …

For my ‘juste un mot’ (just a note) one layer card, the vineyard scene was stamped and white heat embossed onto a watercolour base card.  I coloured it with Zigs, stamped the sentiment (Simply Graphic) and hand drew the border around it.  So like our countryside, albeit a little more whimsical!

My Twofer …

For my Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday) card, I created a random background for my grape cluster by repeatedly stamping the names of well known wines direct onto the base card (sadly my favourite is not among them!).  The grapes were stamped and masked … and I added the vine leaves from the landscape by doing some (very!) careful inking.  The images were coloured with alcohol markers … and had white pen highlights and glossy accents added to the grapes.  The sentiment is from Simply Graphic.  I didn’t add bling as this will be going to a wine loving male friend … don’t think sparkle (unless it’s in a glass!) would be his sort of thing.  Want to take a look at the individual glossy grapes … mmm … luscious …

Where will our ‘Harvest’ prompt take you this month?  Your mind is probably working on it already … we’d love to see what you make in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Twofer blog … along with heaps of fabulous inspiration from our brilliant DT … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us … Linby from Crafty Linby and Liz from Crafty Sunflower.  Do go and have a visit with Linby and Liz … you can check out their delicious Twofer cards to start with … and afterwards enjoy a delightful meander through all the other creative projects on display!

My vineyard landscape card is heading to …

AAA – Inspired By A TV Show … A Year In Provence

SSS Work It Wednesday – A Favourite Stamping Technique … Heat Embossing

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (No Optional Twist)

and my grapes will be joining in at …

AAA – Inspired By A TV Show … Last of The Summer Wine

SSS Work It Wednesday – A Favourite Stamping Technique … Masking

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


42 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #10 – Harvest

  1. Jeanne

    Adore your take on the harvest theme of the Twofer challenge, Anita. The grape cluster in the corner is clever on the first card and lovely as it takes center stage on the second. Great job!! Hugs!

  2. Bobby

    The grapes on the second card are perfectly highlighted and glossed, Anita. So much so that it looks like I could pick one right off there. The watercolored vineyard is so serene it makes me want to visit.

  3. catcraig

    Fabulous take on Harvest, ANita. So glad you got to visit with Darnell, Michele and that group of lovely women.

  4. cmayne

    Oh, my friend, I have fallen so epically behind in commenting on your lovely expressions of creativity that I’m sure you’re ready to ditch me entirely. Hopefully not; the summer and fall have been filled to the brim with bike-race officiating, and the accompanying treks that accompany it, as well as several extended visits with my mom. Even my crafting has taken a slide (although that hasn’t really put a dent in my shopping…sheesh!). Anyway…enough excuses! I adore your grape-themed cards that create, in my mind’s eye, visions how wonderfully beautiful la vendange is, in your part of France. Your first is a warm, welcoming scene; how marvelous it would be to live in such surroundings. A bunch of grapes to represent an abundance of anniversary blessings: absolutely beautiful. As you can see: I’m enamoured with both your cards!

  5. Michele

    I’m so happy to have this [whimsical] glimpse of your world, Anita! Do tell, which wine is your favorite? There are so many listed here… and what a gorgeous backdrop to those luscious, glossy grapes! Fabulous cards, mon amie!
    [p.s. I think I have your cold … but worth it, for all those hugs!]

  6. Rosemary D

    you have done it again, anita! both cards are an absolute perfect example of the two-fers challenge! gorgeous and so very clever!

  7. Marcia Hill

    Two FABULOUS cards Anita!! I love your whimsical rendition of the landscape where you live…really makes me want to visit and I also think this card is frame worthy…beautiful coloring with your Zigs! Your 2nd card is absolutely GORGEOUS and I love how you highlighted the grapes (and glossified them too!!) and kept the background muted with the wine names. It was wonderful to meet you on Sunday and I’m sorry the time went so fast and did not have more time to chat. Hope you’re feeling better too and have been enjoying your week in Wisconsin!! Hugs.

  8. conil

    Oh my gosh. It’s grape harvest here, too, so I really appreciate both these cards. That tiny work of art is recalls the unique smell of the beautiful Autumn days and your Anniversary card is simply exquisite with all the varietals listed. Makes me want a drink.

  9. lostinpaper

    I would never have thought of grape harvest, what a wonderful choice and two great card designs too! (I would always think of a wheat harvest as that is the country area that I came from… I suppose that’s because you can’t really harvest a sheep, which is the other thing our farmers have.

  10. susannev2014

    Your Twofer is spectacular and CASilicious again, Anita! The little scene is so lovely it makes me want to pack my back and buy a plane ticket! Love the background you have created for your juicy grapes with the subtle, grey words. Of course, I am curious now what your favorite wine is… Could it be Beaujolais as I don’t see it? I am not really a connoisseur so there might be a lot of others…
    Enjoy your time at the lake house! Thinking of you all…

  11. Lisa Elton

    I can’t tell you how these warm my heart Anita. Years ago, while in a gift shop, I spotted a small section of handmade cards and tags One of the tags had a popped up square containing a beautifully colored bunch of grapes. That very tag is what made me become a stamper. Thank you for taking me back to my roots with your beautiful cards!!

  12. Gerrina

    Love the subtile way you used the grapestamp twice! Favorite ofcause is the scene you made; that does let me long for a vacation… 🙂 Hugs, Gerrina

  13. lollthompson

    Sweet! I would love to visit the countryside on the first card, Anita. It looks so pretty and welcoming. Love the grapes and grape leaves … so colourful … they really pop against all the white. Your birthday card is beautiful and elegant with the softly stamped wine names in the background. Two gorgeous designs Anita! xx

  14. BarbGhig

    How clever you are, Anita! Both of your grapevine cards are absolutely beautiful! Your first card is such a lovely scene of the French countryside and I love how you stamped the grapevines on the text for your 2nd card! As always, you have completely inspired me to play along…Thank you! Barb xx

  15. Jane Taylor

    Oh how very beautiful! Love your super CAS card and the TV show sounds amazing too. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  16. Sharron Gregory

    Reminds me of Paris and my first time to really experience wines! Beautiful countryside scene and I love your anniversary card. Those grapes are colored perfectly and look so luscious. They look good enough to pick right off your card!

  17. Ksenija

    Anita, both of your cards are great! I really feel the French touch in both (grapes are so strongly associated with France in my mind, I hope, nobody from other wine producing regions reads my comment, lol). Thank you so much for sharing your elegant card with us at AAA Cards Challenge.

  18. Mac Mable

    So inventive and so very clever to use the same stamp in two very different ways. The little scene in your first card is beautiful and love the way you stamped just a little of the grape stamp….So idyllic and could quite easy be there right now….glass in hand x. Glorious CAS second card and love the clever stamping of the words….I wonder what your favourite grape (well known wine) might be….One missing off the list is Barolo???? Fabulous inspiration and two wonderful cards, Thank you x.

  19. Claire A

    How clever to only use part of the stamp on the first card. The second card is just fab – what a gorgeous background you’ve created. When I saw that sentiment I immediately went to the website….made me wish I was French!

  20. Julia Aston

    Two beautiful vineyard harvest theme designs Anita! what a wonderful job you did of masking on your grapes card with the fun names of wine background! The watercoloring on your white embossed image is just lovely!

  21. izzyscrap

    Comme elles sont belles tes deux cartes, Anita ! Et j’ai une certaine préférence pour la première. Quelle magnifique petite scène. Elle me rappelle nos vacances, où nous avons passé une semaine dans une maison entourée de vignes ! Nous avions aussi ce magnifique soleil et les grappes étaient du raisin blanc. Je suis bien curieuse de savoir qu’elle est ton vin préféré, du Bourgogne peut-être, à moins que ce soit un vin d’Alsace ? J’ai vu sur le blog de Darnell que vous avez fait votre pèlerinage au Lac, quelle chance ce doit être de se retrouver à crafter et rigoler ensembles. Un grand merci pour ta jolie carte et son gentil petit mot pour mon anniversaire, cela m’a fait grand plaisir. Je te souhaite un très bon weekend ! Bises xx

  22. Christine Smith

    Two wonderful cards for the Darnell’s Twofer challeng!. Love the little scene which looks gorgeous embossed in white with your fabulous watercolouring. The luscious glossy grapes with the cool stamped background make a perfect card for your male wine loving friend, I bet he adored it! xxx

  23. Kara Lynne

    Oh does that first card remind me of the photos you shared! It’s so lovely how you masked the grapes into the corner of the scene and the hand drawn border is just fantastic! Your background “wine list” is stamped perfectly behind your cluster of grapes and I love the linen. I’m curious to know which favorite wine was not listed.

  24. Bev

    So here we are. Both back home from our wonderful adventure. And I am now able to comment on your lovely cards. Your vineyard and grapes/wine cards are a delight! And darn clever, might I add. I hadn’t thought of the grape harvest before your cards. Beautifully watercolored too. Simply gorgeous, my friend. Raising a glass in your honor!! xoxo

  25. Barbara Roe

    The cards are very special, like you. I especially like the vineyard house, and your use of white EP. I caught a glimpse of the news and it talked about flooding in southern France and I pray you are alright. Even the BBC last night did not mention anything. 🙂 B

  26. Carol L

    Both cards are fabulous in design and coloring! I love the hand-drawn framework with the sentiment spaced inside – and I appreciate the translation too 🙂 I love the grape leaf element you used for the harvest theme and how pretty it looks on both cards. Fabulous coloring on those grapes too – both cards are simply gorgeous!

  27. Shirley-bee

    These are fab cards, Anita! I’ve also got that set, it’s great for make cards. I like how you did the subtle background on the second card, and now, along with many others, I’m curious about your favourite wine – Pinot Noir maybe?

  28. maria f.

    Just saw this little harvest scene! It’s fabulous! Probably also cuz it tugs at my heart strings being some of our countryside around here can carry a similar vibe. So what is your favorite grape, my dear?!? Congrats on your shout out at AAA.

  29. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    I can’t believe I am a month behind in my commenting – perhaps more???? This was such a difficult theme – you mastered it to perfection! Such prettyness and CAS lovelyness, I am swooning!


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